We all experience emotions
and the experience is not alwayspleasant. Being sensitive by nature, we are inevitablyvulnerable to these feelings. But must we be helpless? Whatexactly are emotions, anyway? Where do they come from, howmany are there, are they any use to us
and, if we don't liketheir effects, is there any way to get rid of them?Drawing on a variety of sources including western psychologyand eastern philosophy, as well as the experiences of a longand varied medical career, the author describes a simple andpractical model which can be used to understand, andpotentially to relieve, the emotional distresses of everyday life.The book is both a subjective exploration of, and a practicalguide to dealing with, the emotional aspects of humanexperience. However, it is not a form of therapy, and thetechniques described in it should not be practised during thecourse of a mental illness. Mental illness requires medicaltreatment
whereas this book mainly offers mental exercise.The elements of the model described have always existed, butthey are presented here in a way which the author considerspotentially useful to a wide audience. A single underlyingcause for our many emotions is suggested. Their complexeffects on daily life are then discussed in detail, and simpletechniques for their exploration and resolution are described.This book is written for anyone who would like to understandthe human mind better
or who would simply like a happierand calmer life. However, it certainly does not guarantee eitherresult. Nor does it pretend to explain life's underlying mysteries
which words cannot, in any case, effectively address.On the other hand, a better understanding and fuller resolutionof emotions allows a clearer view of the mental landscape.That might well lead to a more peaceful and joyful life. But itwould be an optional extra
bought with your own hard work.